Armstrong Finally Mans Up

Lance comes clean (courtesy of OWN)

We’ve all done it.

Against your best judgment, or perhaps not, you lie and expect someone to call you on it, but that never happens. Before you know it, your lie has spun so far out of control that you couldn’t backtrack if you wanted to. So you stick to it and hope for the best.

Then someone discovers the lie and busts you, but by now it’s too late. You have no choice but to stick to your guns because otherwise, everyone will know that you’re full of it.

Only when clear, immutable evidence of your untruth is revealed do you finally come clean. And I’m talking about a photograph or video. Faced only with someone who knows the truth but can’t prove it, you can drag that lie on for years if you must.

If only that were true for shamed cyclist and bona fide fiction spinner Lance Armstrong.

For years, Armstrong denied using performance-enhancing drugs like Human Growth Hormone (hGH), steroids and testosterone. And for years, people came out of the woodwork to accuse him of doping. But Armstrong stuck to his denial and even sued some of his accusers along the way.

Even after the US Anti-Doping Agency accused him in October of taking part in a doping ring and cycling’s governing body, the International Cycling Union, stripped him of all his Tour de France titles, Armstrong still denied the charges.

And face it. We all knew he was lying. With so many witnesses coming forward to accuse Armstrong, it stands to reason that some of them were likely telling the truth. Hell, it’s simple probability.

Live Strong or Live Wrong? (property of John DeRosier)

And it works.

According to numerous sources, Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping in a recent interview with the great Oprah Winfrey. And I’m not being facetious. Oprah rules.

The interview will air in two parts on Thursday and Friday evening. And yes, they will be on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Duh.

So there you have it. Lance Armstrong is guilty of doping after sticking to his lie for as long as possible. The evidence was just too great and he clearly had no choice but to “man up.” Of course, now he looks like a complete ass and has nothing to show for years of hard, albeit chemically enhanced, work.

And I won’t even mention all the disappointed fans around the world who once idolized him.

Shame on you, Lance. And shame on us for allowing hero worship to shield us from your lies. I for one hope you cooperate with doping authorities because any measure of repentance is going to take time. And you have to start somewhere…

Posted on January 16, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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